Thank you for contacting me about the free trade deal reached between the UK and the EU.
The Trade and Cooperation Agreement is an historic achievement that delivers on the promises of the EU referendum in 2016 and the Conservative Party manifesto which the British people supported in the 2019 General Election. It ensures that the UK takes back control over its money, borders, laws and fisheries with no role for the European Court of Justice.
It also ensures that there are no tariffs or quotas for trade in goods between the UK and the EU. This is the first time that the EU has agreed such a deal and it provides the UK with the same benefits in tariffs and quotas that EU member states enjoy.
The Agreement delivers on the Government’s commitment to maintain high standards for workers’ rights, the environment and climate change without EU oversight. The UK is also out of the EU’s state aid regime and can supports its own industries as it sees fit. There are also provisions ensuring that those going to the EU benefit from reciprocal healthcare akin to the EHIC scheme as well as uprated state pensions.
After a five year transition period, the UK will have full control of its fishing waters with the fish available to UK fishermen rising from 50 per cent to 66 per cent. Total Allowable Catch and access to waters in the future will be negotiated on an annual basis.
Security cooperation with the EU on DNA, fingerprints, vehicle registration data, Passenger Name Records and with Europol and Eurojust will help to keep people on both sides of the Channel safe.
Thank you again for taking the time to contact me.
Sally-Ann Hart MP